As tensions continue to rise between the United States and Kim Jong un’s North Korean regime, war remains a distinct, though unlikely, possibility. Open warfare on the Korean peninsula would spell disaster for many of the citizens living in South Korea, and could potential embroil the United States in yet another nation-building quagmire, once Kim was no longer at the helm of the reclusive state.
Despite its unlikelihood, ever more aggressive rhetoric between North Korean and American leaders may eventually push those tensions past their breaking point, where war is no longer a possibility, but rather, a tragic reality. If that day comes, it will likely be U.S. Navy assets, escorted by sister ships from Japan and South Korea, that would fire the first volley of Tomahawk missiles into the closed border of Kim’s nation, raining down death and destruction on missile and artillery platforms already identified by U.S. and South Korean intelligence.
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